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This Week in Gambling: DraftKings & FanDuel's merger issues
Players have been anticipating the rumored merger between fantasy sports giants DraftKings and FanDuel for many months. Now, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission may throw a wrench into the deal. Also, fantasy news from Germany and gambling news from India.

India: Gambling industry advocate for govt to legalize sports betting
Indian government urged by the gaming industry to legalize sports betting in an effort to combat match-fixing.

India may legalise sports betting after cricket scandal
India considering legalizing sports betting, in view of recent cricket betting scandal.

World Poker Tour hits India
WPT Enterprises, Inc. and ZEE Entertainment Enterprises Limited announced that the World Poker Tour television series will air on Zee Sports, India’s first private sports channel, this September.

India Poker Tour in autumn
The India Poker Tour will take place in Autumn 2008 and comprises four fabulous tournaments that will attract some of India’s and the world’s best players to do battle for their share of an expected $1 million.

U.S. faces seven compensation claims in WTO online gambling case
Casino City has confirmed that seven compensation claims have been filed against the U.S. in its ongoing WTO online gambling case with Antigua and Barbuda.

Asian Poker Classic Goes to India
Asian Poker Classic is bringing poker to India with title sponsor, MaharajahClub.com -- the first major professional poker tournament in the country.

Poker Champ Helps Heart Patients
International News Brief: Anand "Victor" Ramdin, a US-based Guyanese poker champion, has donated $100,000 to help Guyanaese heart patients get the treatment they need.

Gambling Goes Mobile
International News Brief: Coruscant Tec, an Indian mobile data content and applications firm, has linked up with UK based ADLM Ltd, a holding company for leading online casinos, to develop and distribute casino based mobile games worldwide including India.

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Sikkim is India's only state offering online gambling licenses and its first state to pass online gaming legislation, which it did in 2008. The state legalized betting on sports in early 2010 and received nine Letters of Intent (LOI) from operators seeking licensing. No state-sanctioned online gaming is actually taking place in Sikkim, due in part to the central government's introducing the Information Technology (Due diligence observed by Intermediaries Guidelines) Rules 2011, which charged internet companies with preventing the spread of various socially undesirable material, including racism, child pornography, and anything "relating to or encouraging money laundering or gambling."

In 2002, Sikkim granted a license to Playwin to run its state lottery. It is the officially sanctioned online lottery and the only one of its kind in the country. The state revenue from lottery sales surged from 1% to over 20% once the lottery was played online. Players can play from their mobile phones and from computers countrywide. Exclusively operated by Pan India Network Ltd., Playwin Lotto Games accepts bets from players nationwide, making Playwin unique among India's otherwise localized legal gaming activities and worth more than 50 billion rupees (1.12 billion USD) in annual revenues.

Case law surrounding skill games has been contradictory at best. While courts have maintained that it is legal for Indians to wager on skill games – one court even found poker to be a game of skill – various state courts have ruled that it's illegal to offer skill games for wagering in an organized fashion.

With the IT Due Diligence Rules 2011, it seems that any content relating to online gambling is prohibited and access to such content may be blocked. Payment gateways for gambling websites are also blocked by the Reserve Bank of India, making it difficult to start online gambling operations.

In 2015, Sikkim attempted to pass legislation that would allow the state to offer online gambling throughout India, but the Union Home Ministry denied it.

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India Jurisdiction News

This Week in Gambling: DraftKings & FanDuel's merger issues
Players have been anticipating the rumored merger between fantasy sports giants DraftKings and FanDuel for many months. Now, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission may throw a wrench into the deal. Also, fantasy news from Germany and gambling news from India.

India: Gambling industry advocate for govt to legalize sports betting
Indian government urged by the gaming industry to legalize sports betting in an effort to combat match-fixing.

India may legalise sports betting after cricket scandal
India considering legalizing sports betting, in view of recent cricket betting scandal.

World Poker Tour hits India
WPT Enterprises, Inc. and ZEE Entertainment Enterprises Limited announced that the World Poker Tour television series will air on Zee Sports, India’s first private sports channel, this September.

India Poker Tour in autumn
The India Poker Tour will take place in Autumn 2008 and comprises four fabulous tournaments that will attract some of India’s and the world’s best players to do battle for their share of an expected $1 million.

U.S. faces seven compensation claims in WTO online gambling case
Casino City has confirmed that seven compensation claims have been filed against the U.S. in its ongoing WTO online gambling case with Antigua and Barbuda.

Asian Poker Classic Goes to India
Asian Poker Classic is bringing poker to India with title sponsor, MaharajahClub.com -- the first major professional poker tournament in the country.

Poker Champ Helps Heart Patients
International News Brief: Anand "Victor" Ramdin, a US-based Guyanese poker champion, has donated $100,000 to help Guyanaese heart patients get the treatment they need.

Gambling Goes Mobile
International News Brief: Coruscant Tec, an Indian mobile data content and applications firm, has linked up with UK based ADLM Ltd, a holding company for leading online casinos, to develop and distribute casino based mobile games worldwide including India.

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